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Client Relations Specialists:


Client Relations Specialist

Kara was born in Atlanta, GA then moved to the Cary/Raleigh area when she was a toddler and ever since has called this area home. After graduating from Athens Drive High School she pursued a degree in Zoology from NC State where she discovered animal behavior is her passion. She started in the veterinary field in early 2009 and has worked her way from kennel assistant to kennel manager then while working as a Veterinary Technician discovered that reception is where she thrives. When not working Kara loves to spend time with her family including a Dutch Shepherd mix, Hepburn, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, Lady Anya, and a long haired tuxedo kitty, Punky Brewster, as well as crocheting, learning about animal behavior and watching scary movies. She is currently working on becoming a dog trainer in the next few years.


Client Relations Specialist

Sarah came to AHBC in November of 2021 from working in health care as an Optician for 7 years. She moved to Raleigh in 2015 from Chattanooga,Tennessee where she was using my degree as a Sous Chef. Sarah has a daughter named Sophia who dreams of being a Veterinarian one day. Sarah also has the world’s coolest cat named Maverick, who comes to work with her everyday!

Veterinary Assistants: Our Pet Care Specialists


Lead Veterinary Assistant

Craig Downes joined the Animal Hospital at Brier Creek team as an assistant October of 2019 and more recently took on the role of Lead Veterinary Assistant. He is happy to be a part of the AHBC team, where he learns something new every day and gets to care for the cats and dogs that he loves.

Craig is originally from southwestern Pennsylvania. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science. After graduating, he worked at a community college as a microbiology lab assistant while volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation and rescue center for Pennsylvania’s wildlife as well as a no-kill animal shelter. Craig moved to the Fayetteville/Raeford area of North Carolina to work at a pet resort as an Animal Care Technician. During his three years working at the pet resort, Craig also volunteered at a Clark Park Nature Center in Fayetteville where he helped with the educational outreach programs, caring for animals in the reptile and amphibian exhibits, and feeding shows.

Craig’s hobbies include exploring nature, volunteering, singing with a barbershop group, playing Nintendo video games, and cooking and gardening.

Veterinary Nurses: Committed to the Best Care


Veterinary Nurse

Brad has a degree in applied science and is a graduate of an accredited Veterinary Technician program. He loves all animals big and small and strives to give them the best care I can provide. Brad has 2 dogs and a cat at home that he absolutely adores. He loves music and art but most of all enjoys waking up everyday and being able to help animals. Brad looks forward to each day as a vet nurse and will provide the best possible care for your pet.


Lead Veterinary Nurse

Alena is a veterinary nurse that has been in the veterinary field for 20 years. She comes from a family of veterinarians. Both her parents are doctors of veterinary medicine so you could say she was born into the field and has always known that this would be her career. Alena loves cats and dogs but also enjoys horses. She is new to NC and is still looking for great places to go horseback riding. In her time outside of work she loves spending time cooking and experimenting with new recipes. She enjoys sketching with pencil and painting. She loves good food and drinks, music, fun company, but most of all she enjoys spending time with her husband of fourteen years and her seven year old daughter Stella.


Veterinary Nurse

Raena is a current veterinary student at NC State University in the Class of 2024 who loves getting to build upon her classroom education at AHBC. Dr. Goetz, the rest of the AHBC team, and all of our amazing pets and pet parents play an invaluable role in helping her to become the best veterinarian she can be.

Originally from Texas, Raena attended Texas A&M University where she double majored in Genetics and Animal Science and minored in Business. While there, she competed as a member of the A&M Women’s Swim and Dive Team, worked as a student technician in a genetics lab, started a free swim-lesson non-profit organization, and volunteered as a mentor to 3rd grade inner city girls. She moved to Raleigh when her dreams of becoming a veterinarian led her to NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Raena is focusing on Companion Animal medicine in school, and hopes to become a general practice veterinarian just like Dr. Goetz!

In her free time, Raena enjoys reading, rock climbing, playing with her two old pups Jireh and Harley, and volunteering at Hope Reins.

Veterinarians and Owner:

Dr. Jennifer Goetz

DVM, Owner

Dr. Goetz bear-hugs Rosie while Celeste bear-hugs Blizzard!

Dr. Jennifer Goetz started working in the veterinary field in high school as a kennel technician and loved every minute of it. She has had a profound love of animals her whole life. Dr. Goetz lives in Pittsboro with her husband, teenage daughter, six dogs, seven indoor cats, two outdoor feral cats, chickens and fish.

Her adopted fur babies include our amazing AHBC mascots: Slick, our beloved 12-year-old clinic cat and regal leader, Rosie the wonderful Pekinese.


J. Hayes

Practice Manager

Coming from a military family, J moved around often before calling Raleigh home.The love and passion he has for animals started at a very early age with his first dog, a very loving silver blue and pale cream Yorkshire Terrier named Pepsi. With time he realized that the best way to give back to Pepsi and other pets that mean so much to their owners, is to join the veterinary field and help the quality of life of those pets. To help further that ideal, J attended college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C. and studied Animal Science and Laboratory Medicine. Prior to Practice Management he worked in various aspects of animal medicine including oncology, internal medicine, radiology, and emergency medicine. In his free time he enjoys going to the gym, fishing, and watching movies with his family. J takes pride in ensuring quality care and quality service meet to exceed expectations.